Min­i­mum wage in­crease

The Compass - - OPINION -

As of July 1, the min­i­mum wage is now $10 per hour.

Wi t h t h e re­cent 50-cent in­crease, it rep­re­sents the fi­nal step of the Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment’s 2007 Blue­print com­mit­ment of achiev­ing a min­i­mum of $10 per hour by 2010.

Hu­man Re­sources, Labour and Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Su­san Sul­li­van noted with this in­crease New­found­land and Labrador will have the sec­ond high­est min­i­mum wage in the coun­try, be­hind only On­tario.

The cur­rent se­ries of in­creases be­gan in Jan­uary 1, 2009, with min­i­mum wage in­creas­ing by 50cents ev­ery six months.

Mr s . S u l l i v a n s a i d this ap­proach was taken to al­low the in­creases to bal­ance the de­sire to raise the min­i­mum wage with em­ploy­ers’ abil­ity to pre­pare for the in­crease. The min­i­mum wage has now in­creased ap­prox­i­mately 67 per cent over the past fiveyears.

As with the per­vi­ous changes to the min­i­mum wage, any fu­ture changes will be con­sid­ered in col­lab­o­ra­tion with em­ploy­ers and work­ers. Leg­is­la­tion now re­quires the pro­vin­cial min­i­mum wage be re­viewed ev­ery two years.

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